Top 10 Tips for a Successful no spend month

Top 10 Tips for a Successful “No Spend” Month Challenge

Are you someone who is taking a "No Spend" challenge right now?  Congratulations!  I love "No Spend" challenges!  From my experience, you can't get enough good advice, so here's my "Top 10 Tips for a Successful "No Spend" Month Challenge"!   1. Consolidate Errands   One of my very first goals during a "No Spend" month challenge is to stretch a tank of gasoline as far as I can! My plan this month is to make one tank of gas last all month long. This is easier done at some stages of life rather than others. I am finally an "almost empty-nester", which means that I...

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How to be a modern homesteader

How to Be a Modern Homesteader

With all of modern benefits and technology of today, why would anyone want to go backwards in time to be a modern-day homesteader? Lots of folks would!  Today's world and the stress it brings would cause many people to ask themselves if it's all worth it.  Is there an alternative to the present-day lifestyle? Yes, there is! Let's talk about "How to Be a Modern Homesteader". The attraction and allure of modern homesteading is indisputable.   So many people dream of living out in the country one day, producing their own food and living from the land, all with different goals in...

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10 Ways to Improve Your Food Security

10 Ways to Improve Food Security for Your Family

There is little doubt that most Americans need to improve their family's food security, but just how is that done?  Let's take a look at some practical ways you can make sure your family always has enough food! Here's "10 Ways to Improve Food Security for Your Family"! For the last two years here in the states, we have seen unprecedented shortfalls in our food supply. In 2019, known as the year of NoPlant19, we saw record rain fall/flooding in the "Bread basket" states, disallowing farmers to be able to plant in the Spring.  Seeds that needed to be in the...

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Frugal Canning: Does Home Canning Really Save Money?

Frugal Canning: Does Canning Food Really Save You Money?

Canning and preserving food are skills that have been around for ages. But does canning food really save you money? The answer is yes...and no. Confused? Let's dig into this with "Frugal Canning: Does Canning Food Really Save You Money?" Long before what we know as "grocery stores" existed (Piggly Wiggly opened the first grocery store in 1916!), families were responsible for their own food supply. Folks grew large gardens every year, not as a hobby, but as a matter of survival! Every member of the family helped to maintain the garden, to insure the best harvest possible. Livestock such as chickens,...

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84 Ways to Stay Busy when You're stuck at home

84 Ways to Stay Busy When You’re Stuck at Home

  Are you one of millions stuck at home?  Wondering what you can do to stay busy?  Here's "84 Ways to Stay Busy When You're Stuck at Home"! Being forced to spend time at home can be a wonderful time to catch up on things!  Take advantage of this time to do those chores that you've been meaning to get to, organize and clean your home, catch up on your reading and even nap! Check out my 84 suggestions and ideas!  Add your ideas in the comments!  I want to hear how you're coping with this national emergency! Take a Look at Your...

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how to make flu-fighting elderberry syrup

How to Make Flu-Fighting Elderberry Syrup

You've heard about the health benefits of elder and elderberries, but what's all the hype about?  Does elderberry really have any affect on the body's ability to fight the flu?  I've got some answers for you, as well as the recipe for how to make elderberry syrup! What is Elderberry? Black Elder, also known by the botanical name Sambucus, is a 10-30 foot tree that likes moist areas from brooks, creeks, suburban areas and farmland.  Elderberry is rich in vitamin A, B and C, as well as antioxidant flavonoids and iron. The bark, leaves, flowers and berries can be used medicinally. There are...

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"No Spend" Challenge Month with Free Printable

“No Spend” Challenge Month with Free Printable

What exactly is the "No Spend" Month Challenge? A "No Spend" Month  (day, week or year) is when you commit to not spending any money for a period of time. Why would someone want to participate in a "No Spend" month challenge? Is it even possible to not spend any money? How do you go an entire month NOT spending money? Stay with me on this. Would you like to get your finances under control?   Of course you would! Participating in a "No Spend" Month challenge can help you tame your spending habits in many ways!    Identify "spending holes" in your budget, when you can't seem to...

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19 Things to Do on the Winter Homestead

19 Things to Do on the Winter Homestead

Winter.  Just the word sparks dread in many people, and I don't understand why!   There's so much to do and learn during the winter, so today I want to uncover "19 Things to Do on the Winter Homestead"! Spring and summer on the farm are crazy!  Like 15 hour days crazy! Baby chicks need tended to, my bees need to be cared for and managed, gardens need planted and general Spring clean-up from the winter are enough to excite, but exhaust the most ambitious of homesteaders!  So when winter rolls around, I'm very ready for a change of pace! Winter brings it's...

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How to Make a Simple Infinity Scarf

How to Make a Simple Infinity Scarf

I love making and giving homemade gifts!  I also love being able to spruce up my own wardrobe with simple patterns!  Let me show you "How to Make a Simple Infinity Scarf"! So many times, beginning sewists are intimidated by sewing "lingo" and complicated patterns!  I remember when I was trying to learn how to sew, I just wished someone could sit next to me and just tell me if I was doing it right! That's why I made this tutorial for you!  I explain, step-by-step, how to make this super cute infinity scarf, the way I need to learn as...

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